Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Chick's Bar - Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week

One of our regular readers, Cracktown! USA, left a comment not too long ago inquiring about the local watering holes in the Warrendale neighborhood. I thought about it for a bit and have decided to launch a new feature on the Warrendale Blog: Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week.

Every Wednesday I will feature something about the Warrendale neighborhood that I think is just plain cool. It might be a local watering hole, eatery or a unique example of architecture in the area. Whatever it is that I happen to think is cool.

The opinions are purely subjective and they are totally mine. I just thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to showcase a few things about the neighborhood for folks who either haven't been here at all or who have been away for awhile. (Believe it or not, this blog has received visitors from as far away as Helsinki, Finland).

Anyway, without further ado, I give you the Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week for October 12, 2006.

Chick's Bar has been welcoming thirsty Warrendale residents and visitors alike for so long that no one really remembers them not doing it. I'm not 100% certain of this, but I am fairly confident that there was an earlier version of Chick's Bar at that location when Cadillac's expedition landed in Detroit way back in July of 1701.

It is the quintessential neighborhood tavern. The sort of place where you feel right at home from the moment you walk through its door, whether the place you call "home" is around the corner or - dare I say it - in Helsinki, Finland.

There is almost always a game playing on one of their TVs. The beer is always cold at Chick's Bar. The chairs are always comfortable and - miracle of all miracles - every one of the bartenders at Chick's Bar instinctively knows the ideal ratio of Jack Daniel's to Coca-Cola whenever I happen to walk in.

If the folks in Stockholm were to start giving away Nobel Prizes for Bartending, Chick's Bar would surely be one of the top contenders. Until that happens, however, they will have to content with merely being named Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week.

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